It has always been in the concept of the Garden that we should have a spot for shelter, preferably ornamental. Last year Pat Costello kindly laid a concrete footing at the rear, and now thanks to a kind donation from the Bentswood budget of Cllr Steve Hillier we have a major contribution towards the cost of wood. Pat has again offered to build it for us and now that we're finally entering into a period of dry weather (fingers crossed) we hope this will be in place for the majot events of this summer.
We'd like to ask all those reading here on the Forum and on the copy placed on the physical Noticeboard at the front of the site what they would prefer to see.
1.The original design, which is for an arbour with a bench for seating, which we can train roses or other climbers against.
2. A wet-weather shelter, roofed which could have some shelving for plants.
The former has more aesthetic benefits, and the other is more practical, provided it is well-used. Please let the ALPC know your views on which you'd prefer as soon as possible, either by post here, by PM or by talking to us on the site. We'll go with the option that most people want. We hope that the budget will stretch but if there is a shortfall we would like to suggest that all those who come to the Seedling Swap and the Barbecue later this summer make a small contribution.
It's great to be moving ahead with the shelter and big thanks to Stephen Hillier for helping us with this.
Re shelter, I guess if some plotholders have no shelter for those times when the heavens open unexpectedly that would make sense, but I feel that the rose arbour sounds a more attractive and perhaps better used, eventually, option. But that's just me and I do have a shed (albeit a rickety one) to shelter in if needed.
I agree with Murray - let's get some thoughts coming in so we can provide what the majority want. 😀
ITS AN ARBOUR FOR ME. FAR MORE IN KEEPING WITH THE SURROUNDINGS AND MORE IN KEEPING WITH WHAT THE GARDEN IS ALL ABOUT. ANOTHER REASON IS THAT AN ARBOUR TAKES LESS WOOD ( AN ARBOUR ONLY NEEDS A FEW ROUNDALLS AND HALF ROUNDALLS) AND WOULD LOOK MUCH MORE ARTISTIC FROM BOTH THE FRONT AND THE BACK. NOT ONLY THAT, THERE WOULD BE A GREAT DIFFERENCE IN THE COST OF AN ARBOUR AND THE SOLID STRUCTURE. AS THERE IS ONLY A LIMITED AMOUNT OF MONEY AVAILABLE THE MONEY SAVED COULD BE USED TO BUILD A WOODEN ARCHWAY AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE GARDEN. MAKING A MUCH MORE ELEGANT ENTRANCE THAN THE METAL ONE THAT IS THERE AT THE MOMENT. THIS WAY YOU GET TWICE AS MUCH FOR YOUR MONEY AND A BETTER LOOKING END RESULT. AS FOR THE ONE ABOUT SOMEWHERE TO GO IN BAD WEATHER, WHO IN REALITY IS GOING TO SIT UP THERE IN BAD WEATHER. IN THE ORIGINAL GARDEN THERE WERE TWO GREENHOUSES THIS ONE COULD HAVE THE SAME. THEY COULD BE PUT AT AN ANGLE, FACING INWARDS, WHERE THE TWO BOTTOM BEDS ARE NOW. THIS WOULD ELIMINATE THE NEED FOR MAINTENANCE ON THOSE TWO BEDS AND GIVE A MUCH MORE "GARDEN FEEL" TO THE WHOLE GARDEN. WITH THE ARBOUR IN THE MIDDLE THE TWO GREENHOUSES IN THE CORNERS YOU WOULD HAVE AN ENDING TO THE GARDEN,SOMETHING YOU DONT HAVE WITH THE OLD PLAN.
having had a little input into the original garden and knowing h0w lovly it looked for the brief period it was allowed to be a garden , this garden looked lovely with the arbour at the back and the archway at the front,covered,if my memory serves me right,with a dark pink flowered bramble. the arbour had canary creeper over it but roses had been planted for later years but they never came into growth this award winning garden was taken away from wilbara by the council after only a year in excistence an arbour to my mind is the better option for the new garden.
it was asked in another piece what the arbour should look like when finished and people views sought on the matter my own view is that as pat has made such a good job of it up to now. i say just let him get on with it and finish in the way he wants it is obvious from what has been done so far if we do that the finished article will look good